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Nolamba Sculptures: A Cultural Study

K Krishna Murthy (Author)
Synopsis The Nolambas who flourished during 8th to 10th centuries A.D. were known for their architectural grandeur and played a vital role in the development of temple architecture in India. Sculptors of this period were known for their artistic skill, profound acclimatization of the Silpa sastras, high sense of geometry and in exhaustible aesthetic sense. The artistic, religious and iconographic wealth in the Nolamba sculptures are an almost inexhaustive and perennial mine of information in regard to the contemporary civilization. The Nolamba sculptures lend great latitude for visualizing a picturesque panorama of life that thrived under the Nolambas. The Nolamba art in all its grandeur impresses us greatly by its rhythm, symmetry, and decorative beauty and perfect handling of the figural, floral and animal motifs. Art here being mainly Chalukyan, fully imbibes Chalukyan – Rashtra-kuta spirit with an aroma of Pallava art happily blended in it. This book “the Nolamba Sculptures – A Cultural Study’ is an outcome of the indefatigable research of Dr. K. Krishna Murthy an eminent archaeologist and an art-historian. Well-known for his percipience and faculty of lucid exposition, Dr. Krishna Murthy presents in this book the contemporary life reflected in the Nolamba sculptures. The mode of dress, coiffure, personal ornaments, the weapons of war, the musical instruments be speaking the civilized mind of the people have all been superbly brought with in the compass of sculptural art. This profusely illustrated and impressive work projects an indepth, authentic account of the culture of times. The magnificent book as this is bound to be an authoritative, major indological tome for the students of Indian culture and art lovers alike. Its fascination lies in the intense cultural interest the subject inevitably generates.
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About the author

K Krishna Murthy

Prof. Dr. K. Krishna Murthy, M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt., FRAS (London), a distinguished archaeologist, and art-historian was born IN 1930 IN Andhra Pradesh. He obtained (Hons.) and M.A. degree from the Andhra University, Waltair, and his Ph.D. and D.Litt. degrees from the Nagpur University, Nagpur. He was elected as fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, Ireland (FRAS) in 1972 and member of RAI and RAA in 1985. He was associated with the Archaeological Survey of India for complete 34 years. He was formerly a Professor of History and Indian Culture in Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashantinilayam and was its Dean, Faculty of Arts of Sometime. A Scholar of eminence and a prolific writer, he has authored about twenty books and hundreds of research papers in various journals of repute both in India and abroad. His devoted and unflinching love for Buddhism kept him tagged in to the excavation of the famous Buddhist site like Nagarjunakonda Salihundam, Kalingapatnam, Amaravati to mention a few. His specialization in Buddhism resulted in bringing out authentic works on various aspects of Buddhism on such as iconography, art, architecture, religious philosophy reflecting his wonted scholarship and sensitivity in the field. His forte has been the material Culture of Ancient India in its several epochs on which he has brought out a series of Excellent treatises. His deputation to Sri Lanka under Indo-Sri Lanka Cultural exchange programme in 1978 enriched his longings in Buddhistic studies in greater indepth.

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Title Nolamba Sculptures: A Cultural Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1987
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185067058
length xv+159p., 46 Figures; 47 Plates; Bibliography; Index; 26cm